The Mayfield Education & Research Foundation plays an important role in the earliest stages of neuroscientific research, supporting the work of promising young neuroscience residents and fellows alongside that of more experienced physicians and researchers.
With a focus on funding the most innovative investigations, we provide scientists with the opportunity to glean the data and insights necessary to develop multi-million dollar proposals for governmental and institutional grants. Indeed, recent cuts to the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense’s research budgets have created an even more competitive granting environment than usual, and our support helps build the strongest proposals.
Federal budget cuts mean that even studies originating from the NIH are not always fully funded, and research sites must scrape together internal funding to allow participation in national studies. Mayfield Foundation funds are utilized as important “gap” funding for such studies, covering shortfalls and ensuring that all costs are covered.
In addition, the flexibility offered by Mayfield Foundation funding allows researchers to collaborate and work with their colleagues in other disciplines, such as otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) and electrical engineering.
Finally, because laboratory researchers employ and work closely with medical residents, fellows, and students, mentorship and hands-on training opportunities abound, fulfilling another Mayfield Foundation priority: the education and training of young neurosurgeons.
A few notable accomplishments of research funded by Mayfield Foundation:
- Jed Hartings, PhD: Dr. Hartings received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense in 2008 to study cortical spreading depolarizations, and in 2016 he became principal investigator of a $4.7 million grant from the Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Resesarch Program at the Department of Defense. The Mayfield Foundation provided seed money that led to both of these major grants.
- Norberto Andaluz, MD: Mayfield Foundation support enabled the University of Cincinnati to join a nationwide clinical trial in traumatic brain injury that was experiencing some problems enrolling enough patients in the study. In the two years since, UC has helped revitalize the entire study, becoming the largest enrolling site and the second largest site overall.
- Xiaoyang Qi, PhD: Two prominent scientific journals recently published the success of Dr. Qi’s laboratory in the development of experimental new ways to “illuminate” brain tumor cells using standard MRI technology so that physicians can better target surgery and radiation.